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Georgia beats Robert Morris

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Forward Yante Maten scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds as Georgia beat Robert Morris 79-67 Tuesday night in Athens.

In what has been a disappointing season thus far, Robert Morris traveled to Athens, Ga., to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in search of a signature win during the last game of 2015.

The first half did not go as planned, however, as Georgia jumped out to a double-digit lead for a majority of the period and went into halftime up 38-27.

The Colonials came out refreshed in the second half, as multiple buckets from Kavon Stewart and Rodney Pryor brought Robert Morris back to within six points just about two minutes in.

They continued to hang tough throughout the next eight or so minutes, but Georgia once again pulled away thanks to back-to-back scoring plays by Houston Kessler, which put the Bulldogs back up by double digits. They further increased the lead inside the 10-minute mark, as the deficit eventually creeped up to a game-high 16 points on a J.J. Frazier jump shot with 4:15 remaining.

In the end, RMU fell once again, 79-67, dropping to 2-11 on the season.

It was rough night shooting all around for the struggling Colonials, as they shot 22 of 58 (37.9 percent) from the field, including a miserable 3 of 24 from beyond the arc (12.5 percent). They also didn’t maximize opportunities from the charity stripe, connecting on just 20 of 30 free throw attempts (66.7 percent). On the flip side, Georgia shot 31 of 57 (54.4 percent), 6 of 15 (40 percent) and 11 of 13 (84.6 percent), respectively.

Pryor led RMU, putting up 22 points and eight rebounds. Stewart and Elijah Minnie also put forth double-digit scoring efforts, as the former recorded 14 and the latter recorded 13. Stewart also led the team in assists with four. Other than that trio, none of the other five players to see minutes logged more than five points.

Georgia received big performances from Yante Maten, who notched 20 points and seven rebounds, and Frazier, who finished with 17 points, three rebounds and four assists. Three other players recorded more than five points for the Bulldogs.

Overall, it proved to be more of the same for Robert Morris, which finds itself with the third-worst record in the Northeast Conference thanks to its eighth double-digit loss of the season. Only Central Connecticut (1-9) and Sacred Heart (1-10) have worst winning percentages.

With the varied part of its schedule now concluded, RMU will begin playing solely conference opponents beginning Jan. 2 against Sacred Heart at home.

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